Misty Copeland is a force to be reckoned with. With a burning desire to become a professional ballerina, she had to work day and night to see this goal to fruition because all odds were against her. She started dancing at the age of 13, considered 6 years later than most professional dancers. Not only that, but she is 1.57m tall, which is about 5cm shorter than the norm. She was constantly told she wasn’t good enough, that she wouldn’t succeed, and with a scarcity of black ballerinas in this profession, it seemed she didn’t stand a chance.
If you look at her now however, she has defied the requirements of your “standard ballerina”, being the third black female soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, and since 2008, the only black female member of the American Ballet Theatre. In her own words:
Success isn’t handed to us: We earn it.
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